{RECAP} EVERYTHING FOOD CONFERENCE 2017

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I’m back at Salt Lake City for the second time in two weeks.

This time, I flew in for Everything Food Conference!!

JET-PUFFED was an official sponsor :)

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I was greeted by these fun cases filled with yumminess.

Each attendee got to take one canister of JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits or a bag of StarMallows home in their swag bag.

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The conference was held at the new Eccles Theater.

Can we talk about this venue for a second, please?

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It is GORGEOUS inside.

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And the ceiling…

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While I was admiring the building, brands were busy setting up their booths out in the foyer area.

Check out some of the booths:

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This was my favorite display. Kroger did such a good job at setting up their booth to look like a real market.

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There were so many awesome brands there.

Sponsors List 2017

Including DeLongui who made sure I had enough coffee to keep me going all day!

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Julianne from Beyond Frosting was sampling out her delicious cheesecake recipe from her book at the American Dairy Association booth.

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Right before the sponsor booths opened up to the attendees, there was a speed networking event.

I am proud to say I had 2 solid hours completely booked with bloggers who were interested in learning more about working with Jet-Puffed :)

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Later in the afternoon, there was an extended sponsor’s area just outside the venue where attendees could go network with more brands.

They were able to sample some delicious food and gather “casino money” to play with later in the evening during the Casino Night Event.

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 Here’s a peek at the night event:

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The next morning, I had breakfast at the Boulangerie AKA Eva’s Bakery.

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How adorable is this place?!

It’s literally right next door to the theater too.

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I got to chitty chat with Christina over breakfast. Then I showed her how horrible I am at taking selfies.

She’s not smiling for the camera… she’s laughing at me!

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Now, it was time to bring IT!

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With the amazing help of this duo – Amber and Danetta from Fun-Squared Blog, we were able to pull this fabulous camping theme snack station.

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Look how ADORABLE it all came out…

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We had over 400 baggies filled with Jet-Puffed Minis, Hershey’s Drops and Honey Maid Teddy Grahams for a fun s’mores snack mix.

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So many cute details…

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Of course, JP stopped by to visit!!!

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He liked our booth too :)

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Born to be famous and adored by all…

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We celebrated our reunion with a shimmy dance off, hahahaha!

That night was Cinco De Mayo so….

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I found some legit Mexican grub.

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Alamexo was BOMBDIGGITY!

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The next morning, a few bloggers and I took a little trip to a local shop called Gygi.

OMG!!!!!!!!!!

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This wholesale retail store was filled with EVERYTHING cooking, baking, party and more!

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Check out the isles and isles of awesome products:

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Chopped nuts and ingredients:

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Cute party supplies and specialty items:

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It even had a fabulous commercial kitchen space for classes and demos.

I got to watch these kiddos make “something”. They were having so much fun!

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Back at the conference…

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I sat in on a panel discussion about how these marketing pros are working with bloggers and some tips on the industry.

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Kami took the stage to thank everyone for coming and bring the conference to an end.

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After the conference ended, we headed off for some sushi. YOU KNOW I took them to my spot, Sapa (see previous post).

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Welp, work was over. We successfully wrapped up two event sponsorships and we had had lots of fun doing it too!

It’s was ME time :)

I finally had the chance to stroll around downtown without a rush.

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I visited the Temple Square.

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The temple is HUGE!

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There are a few other smaller temples and structures around the property.

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It was pretty windy.

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The grounds were impeccable. Beautiful gardens and fountains everywhere. Even the squirrels looked well groomed LOL

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This night was prom night. There were tons of teenagers here taking photos and hanging out.

I’m gonna say it – I did NOT see a single hoochie dress on these ladies. Very unlike most other parts of the US. Bravo Utah!

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Next, I headed across the street to City Creek Mall.

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This is an outdoor/indoor mall with lots of upscale shops, fountains, gardens and statues.

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This train takes you right to the airport in just a few minutes 😉

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Seriously, Salt Lake City is one of my favorite downtown cities to visit. It is safe, clean, has shopping, has great restaurants, everything is nearby, it’s pretty, and the people are super nice.

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You can even enjoy listening to good ambiance music as you walk around. For REAL!

There are musicians on every other corner singing and playing music. They’re good too.

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They also have these installations. SLC knows how to enrich the lives of their citizens on many levels.

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At night, City Creek has musical fountains that go off every hour.

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I leave you all with this dancing musical fountain…

See you again soon, SLC!

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